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Cocaine and cannabis drugs gang jailed for 60 years

(Top Left to Right) Stuart Jarman, Richard Phillips,Lyndon Evans (Bottom) John Knight, Jason Theobald, Anthony Vobe Credit: South Wales Police

A drugs gang has been jailed for more than 60 years after police disrupted a lucrative drugs run from London to Cardiff.

Seven men were sentenced today after they were each convicted of being involved in the supply of cocaine and cannabis at Cardiff Crown Court.

South Wales Police confronted driver Stuart Jarman from Cardiff at a service station on the M4 in March this year – and discovered two kilos cocaine with a street value of £450,000.

Jarman’s arrest led officers to six other gang members – as well as a large-scale cannabis factory in Ammanford and another in Waunarlwyd, as well as an illegally-held live handgun.

Cash seized during raids. Credit: South Wales Police
  • Stuart Jarman, 41, of Garden City, Rhymney, jailed for 6 years
  • Lec Gjoka, 42, of Greenwich, London, jailed for 14 years
  • Jason Theobald, 42, of Hill Street, Rhymney, jailed for 10 years
  • Lyndon Evans, 37, of Wind Street, Ammanford, jailed for nine years
  • John Knight, 36, of Pleasant Street, Pentre, jailed for 18 years
  • Anthony Vobe, 41, of Garnant, Ammanford, jailed for three years

A seventh defendant, Richard Phillips, 51, of Barnabas Close, Waunarlwydd, Swansea, was jailed for two-and-a-half years after he pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm whilst banned from doing so due to previous convictions. It was at his farm that officers located the firearm and one cannabis factory.

The second cannabis factory was located in Ammanford and – at the time of being raided – had the potential to net the gang a further estimated £70,000.

One of the cannabis factories uncovered by police. Credit: South Wales Police

This crime group was organised, calculated, extremely profitable and had no regard for the communities that their drugs would be sold in.

South Wales Police is committed to tackling those who supply controlled drugs and will use all tactics available to keep our communities safe

– Acting Detective Inspector Steve Gardner